Beginnings and Endings
September seems a time of new beginnings. Whether or not we have children in our homes, the “back-to school” mindset is upon us. The relaxed pace of life over the summer gives way to an urgency to pick up where we left off in June, when sunny skies and warm weather beckoned more than our workplace to-do lists. read more
How to Give to Charity in a Strategic and Meaningful Way
More and more, people want to focus their volunteer time and money on charities that are close to their hearts, and they want to know their gifts are making a difference. And physicians are no different.
The refined transitions of management and flow of information will lead to better outcomes for both patients and providers throughout the province. However, as transitions in systems do bring opportunity, they to come with questions regarding accountability and responsibility.
Management A Leading Question?
Transitions involve change. Management and leadership are crucial to the success of individuals, teams, and organizations during times of change. Individuals need encouragement and direction; teams need plans and resources; organizations need vision and measurable objectives.
“Call a Code!”
“Call a Code!” For most of us who are clinicians, that call brings a surge of adrenaline and an instinctual leap to act. As the familiar scene of chest compressions, airway management and crash carts plays out, the Code Team comes together at their cue to perform the dance of resuscitation.
Are You Ready?
Some of my colleagues have — either willingly or quite unexpectedly — entered into trauma scenes. Some brave souls have signed up for missions, service projects or military duty in conflict zones. Others have been going about their usual work, only to have fire or flood break out upon their community, causing them and those around them to quickly evacuate. read more
Time is muscle: Central Alberta Community Cardiac Awareness
“TIME IS MUSCLE”; the longer the delay in opening blood vessels, the larger the heart damage and higher the mortality and disability. The best therapy for opening occluded cardiac arteries is Percutaneous Coronary Angioplasty (PCA).
Things They Didn’t “Teach” in Medical School — or Did They?
Medical Administration — Ahhh! — The specialty that most physicians love to hate and some, like me, hate to love! All of my medical administrative experiences have been challenging, exciting, humbling and rewarding all at the same time. These opportunities have spanned the city, the province and now multiple international arenas.. read more
Managing Compassion Fatigueis an Organizational Responsibility
Compassion fatigue. That niggling feeling like, “How can I care for anyone else if I can’t even keep myself together?” Maybe you think you’re not legitimately cut out to be a caregiver. Maybe you feel like you signed the Oath of Hypocrites rather than Hippocrates.
Technology, Freud and the Overtaxed Ego
My teachers lied to me. I’m sure they didn’t mean to — but think about it. When we were learning multiplication tables, they said, “You won’t always have a calculator in your pocket.” We had to learn to spell words correctly, even tricky words like pneumonia. And then there were all the countries and their capital cities.
When my colleagues ask me about my specialty, I explain that I am trained in interventional pulmonology. Many have not heard of this specialty and inevitably ask me what specifically I do. In essence, interventional pulmonology is a maturing sub-specialty of pulmonary medicine using minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat a variety of pulmonary diseases.
What is www.specialistlink.ca?
Together the Calgary Zone PanPCN group organized a Health System Supports (HSS) Task Group which had the lofty goal of enhancing Specialist Integration. Our HSS task group is comprised of leadership from AHS and Calgary and Area PCN’s along with our specialty colleagues .
everybody's Free (to be kind)
Ladies and gentlemen: be kind. If we could offer only one tip for the future, “kindness” would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen may be supported by more scientific evidence, but kindness is required at all times of day and in every medical location.